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Youth Tube is launched! And it’s Covered in Sunshine!

The new Youth Tube site is launched on The plum Tree. We hope to encourage early literacy and children’s creativity. An awesome team of people will be participating to ensure the venture receives the success it deserves.  

Marta Pelrine-Bacon has agreed to be our Head of Art for Youth Tube. Tonia Marie Harris will be assisting with project coordination. We have art and reviews from Harri Romney and reviews from Deb Hockenberry.  Charlene Bostick has added to our art gallery. Jodie Brownlee will add reviews and Janet Young Beasley is making a fabulous new video for us.  Jorg Bankowski has supplied a music track entitled ‘Covered in Sunshine.’ And that is how we feel: covered in sunshine.

On this site, we will be featuring children’s art, poetry, stories, children’s authors, reviews. We will even (when we get going) feature children’s song writing and video-making. From time-to time, experts will come and visit to lend advice and encouragement.

Our first project will be led by Marta. She is calling for children’s art. The theme is ‘Self.’ We are looking for self-portraits, and encouraging children to write a few lines about how their portrait best describes them; basically, how do they perceive themselves?Age group up to 12 years. Marta will post more details to follow.

I have really enjoyed creating this idea and this site. It has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work. I love the idea of the forever innocence of childhood.  We want to co-create a beautiful world into which our children (and grandchildren) might venture and express themselves.  We want them to feel proud of their contributions, to feel like little stars appreciated and valued. To be honest, aren’t children our inspiration, the voices of the future? We hope to help them to allow soul into life and pass on to their children the gift of imagination.

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About niamh clune

I love to write in childish rhyme I really do it all the time A Doctor and a Nana too 'Tis on the plum tree that I grew! Before we go any further, I must let you into one of my secrets. When I was little, fairies lived at the bottom of my garden. I used to talk or sing to them quietly (as fairies don't like shouting). And when dew covered the grass and made it glitter and sparkle, I knew the fairies were preparing for a shindig! Everyone knows that when dew is on the grass, fairies have their choice of the most beautiful sparkles imaginable. Fairies might wear peony or iris sparkle. They might wear rose or violet sparkle. Boy fairies wear shamrock and shiny breeches of bark be-dewed and made smooth and slithery ~ great for sliding down mole-hills! Fairies always throw parties in celebration of dew, as fairies love nothing more! They drink it, and it makes them giggle! They wear it, and it makes them shimmer. Dew really is the diamond in the fairy-queen crown. Apart from anything else, dew means it is a new day, and fairies love the time before dawn when they can flit and dart ~ flicker and start; hover and whiz ~ zip and fizz; float and flash ~ make-a-dash; tease and prance ~ skip and dance; hurry and scurry ~ all of a flurry; rush and rail ~ skim, speed and sail! The very best Leprechaun fiddlers play the most lively jigs. Elf harpists pluck at your heartstrings and weave magic in verse. Goblins are, by far, the best drummers, whilst meadow sprites have very high, reedy singing voices ~ almost inaudible to all but the very trained musical ear. Usually appearing on percussion are the cobbler gnomes ~ with a-clink and a-clank, whenever needed, and in perfect time. All in all, fairy gatherings are a sight to see ~ for those able to see them. I spent many an early morning dancing to the tunes of the little people. Very soon, they began to trust me, (Fairies seldom trust humans, as humans do very strange things to fairies and to fairyland), but I could dance a fine jig, pirouette often, sing a long song and recite a poem, all of which is of very great interest to fairies. They taught me some of their ancient secrets about bees and butterflies, worms and magic bears who know such an awful lot about everything. They also taught me secrets about science and the sky, and how to grow up into someone who is wise (wise enough to still believe in fairies). I like to share some of those mysteries with boys and girls (and grown-ups who still have magic in them) who are inquisitive but can also keep a secret. Sssssssssh! Promise you won't tell anyone... Are you ready? Now listen well, to the stories I will tell...

11 comments on “Youth Tube is launched! And it’s Covered in Sunshine!

  1. Wonderful! I’ll do what I can to spread the word. There’s a whole community of home schoolers out there who would be a great target market for this site.

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 16, 2012

      That is so very kind of you Elizabeth. What a good idea. Your help in this would be most appreciated.

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  2. Patricia Tilton
    April 16, 2012

    Posted on my FB. And will find other means to share it with some talented kids I know. Great idea!

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 16, 2012

      Thank You, Patricia. All help appreciated.

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  3. Betty Dravis
    April 17, 2012

    Covered in sunshine! How appropriate! That’s how kids make me feel… This is exciting, Niamh. I Tweeted this and will be posting it on my TimeLine. I’ll see if my webmaster can post the lovely logo on my site, too, or should I just post the plum icon?

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs – Betty

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 17, 2012

      I will send you the icon Betty. Thank You for thinking of this. Perfect.

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  4. thiskidreviewsbooks
    April 17, 2012

    This is cool! I am going to tell my friends!

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    • ontheplumtree
      April 17, 2012

      Thank You, please do!

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      • ontheplumtree
        April 17, 2012

        And wouldn’t it be great to post some of your reviews and recommendations on our site also?

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  5. kdsommerset
    May 1, 2012

    This is a great opportunity for children to express themselves in their own unique ways and through art and writing – a wonderful idea. Very best of luck with it all!

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    • ontheplumtree
      May 1, 2012

      Thanks KD for stopping by.

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